Palo Alto, CA — The Rundex Family Foundation of Palo Alto, CA, published its 2-year study on why Americans are fascinated with billionaire CEOs. The study, internally called “Operation Baron: Why Americans Love Billionaire Assholes,” was published this week to little notice by both the mainstream press and the public. Rundex’s Robert Colvin, who led the 3.2 million dollar study sponsored by liberal think tank “Progress America,” said there are no surprises in the findings.
“It’s pretty clear from the data that Americans love rich assholes who have no concern for them,” said Mr. Colvin in a Gish Gallop telephone interview. “We love rich people, and we love those who are horrible people. We especially love wealthy and powerful CEOs for some reason. Although I don’t like to conclude, as I’m just the ‘data’ guy, if I had to guess, I’d say people like to imagine themselves as making enough money so they could tell the world to ‘kiss their asses.'”
The latest Steve Jobs movie, cryptically called Steve Jobs, is the third such Hollywood biopic featuring the megalomaniacal personality of the deceased Apple CEO. The most recent Steve Jobs iteration is set backstage at three iconic product launches and ends in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac. Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter and America’s most recognizable asshole.
Academics across the country seized on the study as proof of America’s obsession with being assholes or at least idolizing them.
“Why don’t they just make films about the Walton family or the guy who started State Farm insurance,” said Professor James Badwater of the University of Chicago. “Or Andrew Carnegie or glorify the bigotry of Henry Ford? It’s like Steinbeck said; that everyone thinks of themselves as a temporarily embarrassed capitalist and not a worker.”
According to Mr. Colvin, the study surveyed over 4000 thousand Americans and had a margin of error of +/- 2.4% with a standard deviation of .5.